UN Votes Against Israel Settlements, US Abstains

Time: 9:15 p.m. CEST

The Obama administration allowed the United Nations Security Council on Friday to vote for a resolution to condemn Israeli settlement construction, the New York Times reports. The Times explains, the administration’s decision not to veto the measure make discontinuity in the support of Israel’s interests.

The vote in the U.N. Security Council came after the President-elect Trump intervened to keep the draft measure proposed by Egypt from a voting. Trump spoke to the Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and both spoke with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Then, Egypt decide to postpone the vote, but, a group of the 15-member Security Council, take the resolution of Egypt and put for a vote on Friday afternoon. The United States abstained of the vote, but other 14 members voted in favor. New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal, who were co-sponsors of the draft resolution, have requested the vote.

Israeli’s Haartez commented that the United States “abandoned Israel at the U.N. Security Council vote against settlements on Friday, Minister Yuval Steintz said after the vote.

“The United States abandoned Israel, its only ally in the Middle East,” Steinitz told Ch. 2 News immediately after the vote.

“The heart aches that after eight years of friendship… and cooperation with Obama, this is his final chord” before he leaves office. Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. said the U.S. did not veto the resolution because “it reflects facts on the ground and is consistent with the U.S. policy,” Haaretz explains.


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